Track and Field 9 results

Lyndsey Smith Does It All

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5Tv1R5MAHw&t=3s By Tim Miller On a typical Tuesday morning in Chuck’s, you’ll find students scattered about having one-on-one’s, reading their Bibles and having a special meal with a few friends. You may see sophomore Cedarville University student Lyndsey Smith making some pancakes with a few other tight friends. Everything may look normal to the average onlooker, but Smith’s closest friends know Smith’s fun start to her day will get a lot more ...

More Than a Runner

Almost every student at Cedarville University recognizes junior track star Carsyn Koch as a record-breaking athlete who went to the United States Olympic Trials this summer. Koch set a school record in the 800 meters almost every time she ran last season. She beat the Olympic trial qualifying time of 2:03 back in May, finishing the 800 in 2:02.39. Koch went on to Oregon for the trials in July, where she finished fifth in her heat with a time of 2:05.57 seconds. She did not make the Olympic ...

Running with a Purpose

For the amount of time Cedarville’s women’s 4x800-meter relay team has been running, it’s members have accomplished quite a bit. It’s a young team. Olivia Esbenshade is the only junior, while Carsyn Koch, Carly Rose and Sarah Hoffman are all sophomores. Women’s track and field head coach Jeff Bolender said the four each bring something different to the team. “They are all talented runners,” Bolender said. “Each of them have different strengths, but for all of them, the 800 ...

Sophomore Thrower Mariah Cruise Sets New School Record

Sophomore Mariah Cruise recently broke the Cedarville women's track and field team shot put record, but she said she does not want to be known just for her success on the field. “I definitely want others to see me as being humble and using my talents for God,” Cruise said. Cruise was first introduced to the idea of throwing in track at an early age. Her father was her high school’s track coach. She grew up around the sport and began competing during seventh grade. “My ...

Freshman Runner Sets Goal for Nationals

Carsyn Koch has had what many would call an impressive year. The freshman runner has several first-place finishes during this track and cross country season, and she is knocking on the doors of Cedarville’s record books. Koch has the ninth-best 400-meter time at Cedarville, the second-best 800-meter time and the best 1,500-meter time. Furthermore, she’s nationally ranked in Division II in all three events. However, Koch said that at first she wasn’t sure if she wanted to come to ...

Running with God from Africa to the US

Andre Klaassen is fast. Really fast. Only a sophomore, he already holds the indoor 60- and 200-meter dash records for Cedarville University and ran the second fastest outdoor 100- and 200-meter dash times in a season plagued by injury. Klaassen was adopted as an infant in Louisville, Kentucky. Soon after, his family moved to North Africa, where his parents served as missionaries for 12 years. As a young boy in Africa, he took up soccer. It was on the pitch, not the track, that he discovered ...

A Balancing Act

Matt Brooker began the 2013-2014 school year knowing it would be one of the craziest yet most exciting times of his life. The Cedarville senior was entering his final year of college running, would be starting full-time work during the second semester and was expecting his first child in March. Brooker entered his final cross country season looking to improve on his 41st place finish at the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championships. He started the season by winning three of his first four ...

Jason Vaults for Jesus

Jason Scott is the new assistant coach for the Cedarville track and field team, but his story reaches much further than that of an accomplished athlete. Scott was a high school state champion in the pole vault but chose to come to Cedarville rather than one of the three NCAA Division I universities that tried to recruit him. During the indoor season of his freshman year of college, Scott, who won an Ohio high school state championship by clearing a height of 15 feet 2 inches, failed to clear ...

Accident Changes Runner’s Perspective

On March 29, a Cedarville track runnerran 29:52 for 10 kilometers, meeting the qualifying standard for the NCAA Division II National Championships for track and breaking the previous school record of 30:01 held by 2003 graduate Sergio Reyes. On March 30, that same runner, Matt Brooker, was rear-ended as he drove home from a track meet at Cedarville, leaving him with a broken scapula, a serious concussion and an uncertainty of whether he would beable to race at the national meet in May. ...